Trip reports

Musselburgh

Redshank perched on post
Redshank - RSPB Images

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Twelve brave souls turned up at he Esk Mouth Musselburgh on this dry but very windy day not at all the right conditions for the use of scopes. We carried on regardless and saw lots of Goldeneye, Canada Geese, Common Gulls, Blackheaded Gulls, Greater Blackbacked Gulls, Pied Wagtail, lots of Redshank,Turnstone, the usual Mallards, Oystercatcher and Carrion Crow. We then moved up along the sea wall to see what else was about and we noted Curlew, Bartailed Godwit and Cormorant. I decided that we should go up by the Ash Lagoon where the Shorteared Owls have been seen lately, some of us were in luck and spotted one sitting on a post in the distance, surprising, seeing it was so windy. There wasn't much else there unfortunately so we walked along the front where we managed to see Reed Bunting, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Goldfinch and Magpie, in the water we saw Long Tailed Duck which was nice to see, Eider Duck and Velvet Scoter.

We decided to walk on near Morrisons Haven, as the Warden told Dave we had a better chance of seeing Shorteared Owl near there, but we were not lucky. A covey of Grey Partridge flew overhead and landed in the long grass and I managed to get the scope on five of them. We carried on to the Boating Pond where we saw Little Grebe, one whooper Swan in amongst Mute Swans, there were also Widgeon, Teal and Coot, two Buzzards were seen flying overhead. Our next stop was to the Scrapes where we split up to have our lunch and see what was going on, but there wasn't a great deal happening, I think the ducks and waders must have decided on somewhere else to go that was maybe more sheltered from the wind, luckily we managed to see Shelduck, Shoveler, Dunlin and Greenshank, more Oystercatchers and Redshank, lots of Bartailed Godwits, Curlew, Jackdaw, Starling, Mallards and the Grey Partridge appeared with their brood. Once everyone was satisfied with the time in the Scrapes we headed back to the mouth of the river, on our way we saw Kestrel, Wood Pigeon and Brian saw a Stonechat. We made the best of our day but the wind was a challenge.

Helen McKellar